Dental Hygiene Program (Fall 2015) - Application Checklist

Students interested in pursuing admission to the Dental Hygiene Program at Iowa Western must begin by submitting an Application for Admission to the college, and choosing a desired start term and start year. This document provides detailed information on the requirements you will need to complete in order to be considered for acceptance to the Dental Hygiene program. 15 students will be accepted each fall.

Desired Start Date Acceptance Begins
Fall Semester (August) January 31st

In addition to completing the college admissions requirements listed in Section 1 below, students interested in pursuing admission to the Dental Hygiene program at Iowa Western must complete additional program admission requirements listed in Section 2.

The remainder of this document provides detailed information on the admissions requirements you will need to complete in order to be considered for acceptance to the program:

  1. Complete College Admissions Requirements
  2. Complete Dental Hygiene Program Requirements

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all admissions requirements are documented in the Office of Admissions, and that his or her admissions application is correct, including intended start term, start year, and location.

Section 1: Complete College Admissions Requirements

Once you complete the Application for Admission and submit placement test scores you will be accepted to Iowa Western as a Prep-Dental Hygiene student, and eligible to register for general education courses required for the Dental Hygiene program, including the prerequisite courses required for admission to the program listed in Section 2.

Section 2: Complete Dental Hygiene Program Admissions Requirements

All students who complete the college admissions requirements listed in Section 1 are eligible to enroll in general education courses, including but not limited to the prerequisite courses listed above. For more information on getting registered for general education courses, or for help with the admissions requirements, please contact us at admissions@iwcc.edu or call 712.325.3277.

Additional Information

Section 3: Frequently Asked Questions

How are students accepted to the Dental Hygiene program?

Students who complete the admissions requirements before the priority deadline will be awarded points based on the point system on the next page. Points are awarded based on grade point average in Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II with Labs and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry, prior attainment of a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree, and Healthcare Work Experience. Students with the highest number of points will be accepted.

If a tiebreaker is needed, preference will be given to students who complete the most prerequisite courses at Iowa Western. If a second tiebreaker is needed, preference will be given to students with the earliest admission file completion dates.

Why does the Dental Hygiene Program have additional admissions requirements?

The Dental Hygiene Program is a rigorous academic program which requires students to be academically prepared for success in the first semester, including a strong background in human biology, anatomy, and physiology as well as chemistry. The Dental Hygiene Department carefully designed the admissions requirements to ensure that students who are accepted to the program have the fundamental knowledge needed to be successful in the first semester of the program. 

Does the Dental Hygiene Program have a waiting list?

No, we do not utilize a waiting list. Once you have completed the College Admission Requirements and the Dental Hygiene Program Admissions Requirements listed above, you will have everything you need to be considered for admission to the program for an upcoming term. It is important to ensure that your record is up to date with the Office of Admissions, including your start term and start year. 

How long does it take to get into the Dental Hygiene Program?

Iowa Western does not utilize a waiting list, so the amount of time it takes to get into the program varies by student depending on how long it takes to complete the College Admission Requirements and the Dental Hygiene Program Requirements listed above. The prerequisite courses typically take three to four semesters to complete for students who enter the college without any college credits.

If I do not complete the requirements for the program in time to be accepted, can I reapply?

Yes. To reapply, simply visit the Office of Admissions or contact us at admissions@iwcc.edu or 712.325.3277 and request to change your start term.

How will I know if I get accepted to the Dental Hygiene Program?

Approximately two weeks after acceptance begins, which is January 31 for the Fall semester, you will receive a letter from the Office Admissions indicating your admissions status. If the program is not yet full at that time, we will continue accepting students who complete the requirements until the program fills.

What do I need to do once I get accepted to the Dental Hygiene Program?

Students accepted to the Dental Hygiene program will have to complete a few additional steps in order to be ready to begin the Dental Hygiene program, which include registering for classes, attending a Dental Hygiene orientation event, and completing criminal background check and physical paperwork. All of these steps will be included in your letter of acceptance or in additional communication from the Dental Hygiene Department.

Dental Hygiene Program - Point System

Points will be awarded based on the following criteria. To be calculated in the point total, all documentation must be on file with the Office of Admissions by the priority deadline. Possible Points
 
Grade Point Average for Biology Courses 0 - 40 pts

Points will be awarded based on the grade point average the student earns in the three biology courses required for admission to the Dental Hygiene program:

 
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I with Labs;
BIO-173 Anatomy and Physiology II with Labs; and
CHM-132 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry

The following scale will be used to determine the number of points the student will be awarded:

3.68 - 4.0……...40 pts
3.34 - 3.6...........35 pts
3.01 - 3.33.........30 pts
2.68 - 3.00.........25 pts
2.34 - 2.67.........15 pts
2.01 - 2.33.........10 pts
 
Prior Attainment of a Bachelor’s Degree or Master's Degree 5 pts

Points will be awarded based on the attainment of either a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree; points will not be awarded for both.

 
 
Healthcare Work Experience 5 pts

Points will be awarded based on work experience in a healthcare setting, including but not limited to a medical or dental office. The work experience must be a minimum of two years if the student worked full-time or a minimum four years if the student worked part-time. The work experience must be documented using the Verification Form, which is available in the Office of Admissions.

 

Program Mission Statement

The mission of Iowa Western Community College Department of Dental Hygiene affiliated with Creighton University School of Dentistry is to educate Associate of Applied Science Degree dental hygienists in the broadest scope of clinical practice. Graduates are competent to provide comprehensive educational and clinical services, reflecting dental hygienists’ areas of expertise. Graduates are prepared to serve the community in both private and public health settings that support optimal oral health. All aspects of the program are continually assessed to provide ongoing excellence and to guide improvement. In keeping with the mission of caring, commitment and challenge, the dental hygiene program provides a positive learner focused environment.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Iowa Western's Dental Hygiene program will be able to:

  1. Utilize evidence based decision making principles.
  2. Utilize the Dental Hygiene process of care to meet the needs of diverse populations.
  3. Operate within an ethical framework within the Dental Hygiene scope of practice.
  4. Positively motivate and effectively communciate with all populations to promote high standards of oral health.

Affiliated Program Information

The Iowa Western Community College Dental Hygiene Program was organized and established in conjunction with Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1998. Each institution offers a diverse educational and clinical experience for the students. Although IWCC is small in comparison to Creighton, our students receive the best of both worlds: exposure to an urban, private university campus with the intimacy of a small, rural community college campus.

Iowa Western has an articulation agreement with Creighton University School of Dentistry for students to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.

General Information

Iowa Western Community College does not discriminate on the basis of disability, gender, age, race, religion, or national origin in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admissions procedures. We adhere to CDC and OSHA guidelines. A copy of the Infection Control Policy is located in the Division Office.

Instructor Credentials

Dental Hygiene Program - Observation Form for Prospective Students

To be completed by the student and signed by the participating Dentist or Dental Hygienist.

Student name (print or type): _____________________________ Date of Birth: ___________________

The purpose of the observation is to expose applicants to a wide-variety of procedures performed in a dental practice setting. Applicants are required to observe a minimum of 16 hours with a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). After completing the observation hours this form must signed by the supervising RDH. The completed form must be submitted to the Office of Admissions by the priority deadline.

Observation Log

Applicants are required to document the times and dates of their observation hours using the log below.

Date

Time In

Time Out

Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Observation Hours

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Certification

This section must be completed by the supervising RDH.

By signing below, I hereby certify that the information provided on this form is true and accurate.

Signature(s) of RDH: _______________________________________, __________________________________

Printed Name(s) of RDH: ____________________________________, __________________________________

Name of Practice or Facility:

Address of Practice or Facility:

Phone Number of Practice or Facility:

Applicant Certification

By signing below, I hereby certify that all information on this form is true and correct.

Signature of Student: ______________________________________ Date: ____________________

This form can be found online at www.iwcc.edu/es/admissions/information.